In Whitman's Hand
[Returning to my pages' front once]
|(Returning to my pages' front once |
| more, resuming all, |
|Songs, sorrows, tragedies, with stalwart |
| joys—O heaven! |
|The passionate, teeming play this curtain |
| hid!) |
|A glance look—a flashing token of my‑|
| self—to future time. |
|I launch to To |yY ou, whoe'er you
| are, I launch, through space |
| revolving, |
| These burin'd eyes—this head & globe face . |
| These convolutions, miniature of all|
- This manuscript was probably written in the early to mid-1870s, after the creation of the photograph upon which "Out from Behind This Mask" is based and before publication of the poem in 1876.
- Editorial note
- This manuscript is a draft of lines in "Out from Behind This Mask," a poem published first in the New York Tribune, February 19, 1876.
- Out from behind this mask | The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
- Whitman Archive ID